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Traders call for abolition of municipal tax law

Traders call for abolition of municipal tax law

Sep 28, 2011 - 20:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A number of trade bodies in Afghanistaninfo-icon demanded on Wednesday the government either abolish or amend the municipal tax law.

The rule that was passed by the Cabinet 10 months ago is about to be implemented. It requires businessmen to pay tax on municipal services.

Policy director at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Tawfiq Dawari, told Pajhwok Afghan News that heavy taxes would be imposed on the import of tyres, cement, mineral water, flour, wheat and rice.

A commission, headed by the minister of commerce and industries, was set up after complaints from the quarters concerned, he said. Representatives of trade organisations, the private sector and the Kabul Municipality are included in the panel.

Haji Rahmuddin, chief of Afghan Investors' High Consultative Board, called the law a problem for traders and asked the government for abolishing it.  

Minister for Commerce Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi acknowledged the complaints were genuine. He said he would talk to the relevant authorities on resolving the issue.



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